EF Education First Teachers

Shenzhen Teacher Ambassadors

Kids & Teens Teachers

Gareth Powell: gareth.powell@EF.com

Gareth grew up in a small seaside town in the United Kingdom. He has always had a keen interest in travel, and has been lucky enough to experience many different places all over the world.

Having previously worked as a graphic designer for a number of years, Gareth decided that he was ready to try something completely new. Something that would be exciting, challenging and rewarding. He quickly settled on China, then on trying his hand at teaching with EF. He has been enjoying the experience of teaching Kids and Teens since April 2017.

In his spare time Gareth likes to exercise, particularly going for long runs so he can soak up the atmosphere and beauty of the scenery of Shenzhen. He also keeps up to date with new technological advances and tries to integrate them into his teaching.

Advice for new teachers:  If at first you don’t succeed, try, try, try again!

More Kids and Teens Teachers:

Daniel Armstrong: daniel.armstrong@EF.com

Georgina Christopher: georgina.christopher@EF.com

Adult Center Teachers 

Shaun Konstant: shaun.konstant@EF.com

Shaun comes all the way from Los Angeles, California. He spent the majority of his 20’s trying different career fields and spent a lot of time in the financial and operations industry. He is, also, an accomplished gymnastics and cheerleading coach. However, Shaun’s dream was to travel the world and expand his life experience to the international stage. He also wanted to learn another language. Cut to January 2018, when EF China sent him the email of a lifetime (on his birthday) that he will be moving to China! Now, he is an adult English teacher in the beautiful city of Shenzhen in Guangdong province. He loves leading activities and improving the English environment of his center. This guy loves to travel and expand his knowledge of the geography, culture, and the language of China.

Advice for new teachers: Flexibility, patience, and a positive attitude are three important ingredients in the recipe for a successful teacher.

Carlos Franco: carlos.franco@ef.com

Having  been presented with the opportunity to live in China, due to his wife’s occupation in kitchen-tool manufacturing and production, Carlos decided that it was the perfect time in his career to try something new.  His formal education (B.Sc. & M.Sc.) and experience  (over 10 years) in the field of behavioral psychology seemed to match quite well with the EF model of: Learn --> Try --> Apply , and he was quite eager to learn about IPA and grammar. Carlos landed in Shenzhen right before Chinese New Year 2016 and was instantly amazed at all the sights, sounds, and smells of his new city. Later, in November of 2016, Carlos took part in a Teacher Exchange  program that took him all the way to Ningbo, Zhejiang where he spent 2 weeks making more friends and learning more about China’s rich history. He has become proficient in his chopstick skills, and enjoys Hunan and Szechuan food because of the spice. Carlos has also become a tea drinker; which is a shock because he spent most of his adult life in Seattle, and though nothing could uproot his coffee habit!

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